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Hi,

I just wanted to know if they is a way around or if this is normal:

Ordered a lithium battery for my bike from a US website, price 110 USD. Paid the shipping costs via FedEx express about 40 USD.

Now it's been 2 weeks already and today I receive news from FedEx saying my package has been delayed customs, they want a copy of my passport.

After sending them a copy I receive (see attached pdf -> edit: picture), a fee of 2,790 baht, which is about 90% of the value of my battery. I find this outrageous.

Is this normal? Anyone had any similar experience?

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The solution is to not use FedEx or any of the other couriers.

The duty itself is about $45 (40%), the killer is their Clearance Charge.

You may want to edit that PDF to remove your personal information, if you upload the new file to another post I'll remove the existing one for you.

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I've paid up to 90% customs duties for food supplements I regularly get from my family overseas. Yes, it's outrageous, but there's nothing you can do about it, other than pay up or refuse the shipment (in the latter case, some customs officer is going to get a nice replacement battery for HIS motorbike, which is a galling thought, I know).

I've yet to see a published customs duty rate chart, (Crossy seems to have a handle on that one) and I believe you're at the mercy of any customs agent's whims regarding your import and any additional clearance charges.

The customs dept. is notoriously capricious in this regard, and it just comes with living here, along with challenging traffic, political circuses, squat toilets and the rest. Enjoy the adventure! rolleyes.gif

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The solution is to not use FedEx or any of the other couriers.

The duty itself is about $45 (40%), the killer is their Clearance Charge.

You may want to edit that PDF to remove your personal information, if you upload the new file to another post I'll remove the existing one for you.

Wrong. The solution is simpler than blaming FedEx, DHL or similar.

I dont know how many time I've posted this, but here it goes again:

Tax is not calculated by FedEx, DHL or similar. Neither is the tax calculated based on the PRICE. The tax is calculated based on the VALUE. For this reason, it doesn't matter if you make a bargain or send the goods as a "gift", the item is taxed based on its value.

How come this is so difficult to understand?

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The solution is to not use FedEx or any of the other couriers.

The duty itself is about $45 (40%), the killer is their Clearance Charge.

You may want to edit that PDF to remove your personal information, if you upload the new file to another post I'll remove the existing one for you.

Wrong. The solution is simpler than blaming FedEx, DHL or similar.

I dont know how many time I've posted this, but here it goes again:

Tax is not calculated by FedEx, DHL or similar. Neither is the tax calculated based on the PRICE. The tax is calculated based on the VALUE. For this reason, it doesn't matter if you make a bargain or send the goods as a "gift", the item is taxed based on its value.

How come this is so difficult to understand?

Because the value is about 3,000baht, on the import it says 10% tax, and I get to pay 2,790 baht...

If you look at the picture, 1,484 baht is going in FedEx's pocket.

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To answer Forethat, you are quite correct in your assertions.

However, if you use USPS or your national post office then many packages get thought without customs inspection (FedEx etc ALWAYS get inspected). Even if you do get caught you only pay the actual duty set by customs not the additional Clearance Charge set by FedEx.

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If you look at the picture, 1,484 baht is going in FedEx's pocket.

Sure. All of these charges were known in advance. They sell a service. I dont actually know if you are able to manage the clearance yourself.

Change freight handler if you don't like FedEx prices.

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However, if you use USPS or your national post office then many packages get thought without customs inspection (FedEx etc ALWAYS get inspected). Even if you do get caught you only pay the actual duty set by customs not the additional Clearance Charge set by FedEx.

Correct.
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I've only used UPS up to now and never had to pay those extra services nor did I have to send a copy of my passport.

It's good to know, never use FedEx for international shipping in Thailand. Thanks for all the information

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To answer Forethat, you are quite correct in your assertions.

However, if you use USPS or your national post office then many packages get thought without customs inspection (FedEx etc ALWAYS get inspected). Even if you do get caught you only pay the actual duty set by customs not the additional Clearance Charge set by FedEx.

Agreed, especially regarding national post office--if the shipment is labeled a gift and sent by normal post, more often than not it escapes customs clearance fees and/or duty taxes.

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I've only used UPS up to now and never had to pay those extra services nor did I have to send a copy of my passport.

It's good to know, never use FedEx for international shipping in Thailand. Thanks for all the information

Word of advice though. I use FedEx or DHL when I for any reason can't lose the content of the shipment. I have used couriers for more than 20 years and NEVER lost a shipment. As much as I like Thailand post I cant say the same about them.

PS.

The copy of your id card or other means of identification is to protect YOU. Stop moaning.

DS.

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I have bought laptops, power tools, batteries, etc and have always had them shipped USPS and never had to pay duty. I only had to pay the 7%VAT at the post office before I could pick up the package.

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I have bought laptops, power tools, batteries, etc and have always had them shipped USPS and never had to pay duty. I only had to pay the 7%VAT at the post office before I could pick up the package.

Wise choice, I learned the expensive way, but won't make the mistake twice.

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